Thursday, November 28, 2013

Feast of Saint Nectarios 2013

From November 5/28 to November 12/25, 2013, Bishop Gregory of Brookline paid a pastoral visit to St. Nectarius Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle and the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in Stanwood, Washington.

On the photographs - Sunday, November 11/24, after the hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating clergy: Bishop Gregory, Fr. Neketas (Palassis), Fr. Ihnat (Ponomarchuk), Fr. Mark (Beesley), Fr. Deacon James (Dimmock) and Fr. Deacon Anastatius (Born), with altar servers, chanters and all the faithful.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Future of Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral

Fresco: courtesy and copyright  Holy Nativity Convent, Brookline, MA.
Tuesday, October 23/November 5, 2013,
Saint James the Brother of God

In October 2012, a small number of individuals decided to file a lawsuit against the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, seeking to use the secular courts in order to take ownership of both the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Anna’s Orthodox Church away from the Metropolis. On November 4, 2013, there was a summary judgment hearing in the Suffolk County Superior Court. The Metropolis is confident that we will ultimately prevail in this lawsuit that was filed against us.

The Metropolis wants to reassure everyone that if and when the Court decides that Saint Mark’s Cathedral should be returned to the Metropolis of Boston, all Orthodox Christian faithful will then be welcome to attend all liturgical services and social functions at Saint Mark’s, regardless of what their former jurisdictional affiliations may have been.

We have received many kind words of support from fellow Orthodox bishops, clergy, and faithful in Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, France, and North America encouraging us. Once this unnecessary lawsuit is over, all Orthodox Christians will be welcome at the Saint Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral.

Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

Concelebrations and Internet Resources

Beloved faithful,

In response to several requests for more information about what is happening in our Church, the Metropolis of Boston has compiled the attached document regarding our unity in the Orthodox Faith with the Holy Synod of the True Orthodox Church of Greece under His Beatitude, Archbishop Makarios of Athens and All Greece. This joyous unity has already been documented with official reports, countless pictures, and several videos, almost all of which are now online. The videos of the hierarchical concelebrations in Greece between the North American hierarchs and the synod of bishops under Archbishop Makarios were made and posted on the Internet by the Metropolis of Thessalonica. For the sake of those faithful who may not know where to find all of these resources, we have also added a long list of these websites, reports, pictures, and videos so that our faithful might find them more easily. We have also attached a scan of the Greek text of the Synodal Encyclical of May 20, 2013 (old style) issued by Archbishop Makarios for his Holy Synod expressing their joy at the unity we have achieved. The scan was taken from the official periodical of the Synod of Archbishop Makarios, Ὀρθόδοξον Πατερικὸν Σάλπισμα. This periodical is widely distributed in Greece, but is hard to find in North America. An English translation of this encyclical has already appeared at

It is our hope that interested faithful will frequently return to the metropolis’s website for articles about the Holy Orthodox Faith and news about our Church.

In Christ,
+Ephraim, Metropolitan of Boston